Jordan Wahbeh partners with startups and investors to grow, scale, fundraise and achieve their objectives through operations, fundraising, business development, product development, and team leadership. As an experienced leader and advisor, he assists or leads in business operations and development, market growth, organization transformation, and customer management.
As a partner at Andra Capital and Bay Angels’ Managing Partner, Jordan has a strong network of resources and SMEs along with a varied portfolio of startups companies. His engagements include VCs, Angels groups, Accelerators, and Corp VC in Silicon Valley, across USA, Korea, Dubai, Brazil, MENA region, and EC.
With 20+ years of hands-on and leadership experience, he is quite skilled in engineering, business, SW development, IT, Hi-Tech, customer management, AI, Big Data/Analytics, Industrial IoT, and manufacturing.
Koreatechdesk.com had a quick conversation with Jordan Wahbeh about his perspective about startup atmosphere, when he attended the TIPS X beSUCCESS KOREAN STARTUP SHOWCASE as one of the prominent judges in the US.
1. As an investor, what kind of startups have you invested in?
I have invested in mainly technology startups, pre-series A and Series A. We have a nice deal flow process.
2. What are the core factors that you decide to invest in startups?
Technology, capability of the team, integrity of founders and their team, market fit, investment size, tractions, and others.
3. What are the main factors that startups fail that you have experienced or noticed so far?
Bad team, loss of funding and poor product market fit.
4. What’s your advice to entrepreneurs who have a chance to meet investors like you?
Good communication, be prepared, take the meeting seriously, do your homework, look good, and if you cannot speak good English, find a translator.
5. What are the important factors for Korean startups to consider for a US expansion?
1) Be serious and do not play around.
2) Be ready to spend some money to establish yourself.
3) Do not expect free services.
4) Have strong local team members.
5) Focus on market fit first.
6. As you know, our media group company name is “beSUCCESS”, what’s your definition of the term “success” as an investor or as an individual human being?
As an investor, it would be preparedness, achieve KPI and engage productively.
7. When you come to Korea next time, what kind of Korean entrepreneurs and startups you want to meet?
That depends on timing.